A method of generating electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beams

Tomohiro Shirai, Olga Korotkova, Emil Wolf

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A method of generating an electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model source from two coherent linearly polarized plane waves is described. This method involves two mutually correlated phase-only liquid-crystal spatial light modulators placed in the arms of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The sources produced by this method can be used to generate a wide class of electromagnetic beams with prescribed coherence and polarization properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-237
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Mach-Zehnder interferometer
  • Partially coherent beams
  • Partially coherent sources
  • Spatial light modulators
  • Synthesis of sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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